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Car accidents are particularly traumatic for young children

Injuries to young children in California and elsewhere are among the most heartbreaking that parents and teachers have to confront. When a vehicle goes wildly astray and hits children while they are entering their school, the injuries can disrupt the families involved and can paralyze a school's operations for days to come. Car accidents involving serious injuries to children must be aggressively investigated, and the claims for personal injury reparations should be processed without undue delay.

This was the traumatic impact facing the Del Mar Heights Elementary School on May 13 when a car raced out of control, jumped onto the sidewalk and mowed down nine children and an adult right in front of the schoolhouse entrance. It does not appear that anyone was killed by the runaway vehicle, but at least six children had to be taken to hospitals for immediate care. The extent and nature of the injuries were not reported.

Medical malpractice is the cause of 700 deaths per day

The recent highly publicized study reporting medical negligence as the third leading cause of death in the United States has stimulated much new commentary on the medical care crisis in the country. Medical providers have been seeking appropriate responses, and patients are talking more freely about their unreported horror stories of medical negligence. The report, issued by doctors at one of the country's finest medical schools, says in effect that over 700 people are dying from medical malpractice in the country each day, with California having its own fair share of that number.

The surgeon who chaired the research indicated bluntly that people are dying mostly from poor medical care rather than from the disease or condition for which they sought care. The range of problems covers a wide variety of negligent errors committed by hospitals, doctors and medical technicians. Just a few of the problems involve misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, botched birth deliveries, surgical errors, removal of the wrong limbs or body parts and even leaving surgical instruments inside the patient's body.  

Pedestrian accident data shows how vulnerable we all are

Crossing the street shouldn't take an act of heroism to complete. It is a simple task that has unfortunately become a scary one too. All it takes is one driver to not see you or one driver to lack the attention necessary when approaching an intersection, and you've got yourself a terrible pedestrian accident.

We are all pedestrians. At some point, we will all cross the street. We will all expect drivers to stop at the crosswalk and respect our space. And yet some drivers out there still lack the attention at certain moments to keep pedestrians safe.

Distracted driving crackdown in San Diego sheds light on problem

Chula Vista was the site of a distracted driving crackdown recently, as the police made a concerted effort to catch people who were using their cellphones while driving -- or just not paying attention in accordance with the rules of the road.

The crackdown yielded 99 driving citations, with 54 of them relating to cellphone use while driving and the remaining 45 relating to texting while driving. The crackdown lasted for only five hours. That's nearly 20 people per hour violating distracted driving laws, good for a rate of one distracted driver every three minutes. And those are just the drivers that the police saw and caught on that particular day.

Passenger dies in fatal accident during alleged street racing

Although street racing is known to be a potentially deadly activity, it continues to fascinate some California drivers. Drivers who defy the law by taking part in street races will have to accept the fact that they will be held responsible for personal injuries or even fatalities caused by crashes during street racing. Unfortunately, if a fatal accident occurs, it is often the passengers in these speeding cars who lose their lives.

An 18-year-old driver was arrested on a charge of felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence after a crash that occurred during an alleged street race in Riverside County. An accident report indicates that this young driver and another 19-year-old man were racing on a Lake Elsinore road just after midnight on a recent Sunday. The 18-year-old reportedly failed to maintain control of his vehicle and smashed into a utility pole.

California hit-and-run accident results in arrest

There are many different users of the roadways. Despite whether a person is cycling, walking or driving, each user should be able to safely utilize California roadways. Unfortunately, one man has passed away after police say he was a victim of a hit-and-run accident.

Police say they received reports about a pedestrian who had been struck by a vehicle that left the scene one night in late April. According to reports, the 53-year-old pedestrian was walking on the shoulder of the roadway when a pickup truck drifted onto the shoulder and struck him. Emergency responders attempted CPR but were unable to revive the man.

Medical malpractice case concludes in a $1.8 million verdict

Surgical errors account for thousands of incidents of medical negligence each year and are responsible for untold amounts of human suffering. When the error is identified and found to be the substantial cause of the patient's injury or death, the victim or the victim's family can assert a legal right to compensation for the medical malpractice damages incurred. The right to compensation under that circumstance applies under California law and that of every other state.

Recent reports describe a tragic surgical error that occurred in 2011 in another state when a bizarre mishap inflicted permanent damage on the patient. The lawsuit recently resulted in a $1.8 million jury verdict. The plaintiff claimed that she was rendered sterile after an inexperienced doctor mistakenly cut her fallopian tube while trying to surgically remove an abscess.

2 vehicles involved in crash that sends 5 to hospital

Five people were hospitalized after a car accident in Del Mar recently. Two vehicles were involved in the crash just this past Sunday, and of the five people who were injured, four of them suffered "significant traumatic injuries."

The crash happened in the evening around 8pm at an intersection. According to witnesses who saw the accident, one of the vehicles tried to make a left hand turn on a solid red arrow signal, and an oncoming vehicle crashed into the turning vehicle. The vehicle that struck the turning vehicle didn't appear to be speeding, according to the witnesses. It appears that the vehicle making the seemingly illegal turn is at fault here.

Wrong rib removed, metal coils left in patient in bizarre case

The bar is so high for medical professionals, and for good reason. Doctors, surgeons nurses -- they have to be held to a nearly-perfect standard because they work they due is incredibly intricate and highly dangerous for the patients. One mistake and the patient's life may never be the same, or even taken from them.

So, okay, they have a high standard. Maybe sometimes a medical professional misses that standard, but you can at least understand how they missed it, even though you know they still have to be held accountable for their actions. But the following story? You would be remiss for thinking it was invented given just how ridiculous it is. Sadly, though, it is true.

Insurance problems in the wake of a car accident

If you have been in a car accident before, you know what it is like to deal with your car insurance company. It can be an arduous and trying time, and considering you are also dealing with the trauma of being in a car accident -- whether you were physically injured or not -- it can be difficult to keep calm given the severity of the issue at hand.

However, when you deal with your car insurance company, you really do need to be as courteous and patient as possible. We know that's tough, but it is vital. Understanding your coverage and providing your insurer with as much evidence as possible to give your insurance claim the best possible chance are a couple of good tips too.